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Grim toll for California tribes overrun by fire

SAN DIEGO- A grim toll is emerging as the California firestorm threatens and overruns Southern California tribal homelands.

The devastation appears to have included six deaths and 130 homes and 30,000 acres lost to fire, according to a tally made by the Phoenix office of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development

The California tribes are within the jurisdiction of the Phoenix office.

The deaths apparently occurred at the San Pascual (two) and Barona (four) homelands. Seven homelands or rancherias had suffered land losses by last Thursday, while another eight were threatened, according to the tally.

San Pascual, which was evacuated, lost 67 homes and 1,380 acres. Capitan Grande saw 15,753 acres burned, but had no structures on them.

Forty homes were destroyed by fire at Barona, which also lost 5,900 acres and was evacuated. Rincon lost 20 homes and more than 3,000 acres and was evacuated. There were 1,609 acres lost at Viejas, 852 at Inaja, where three homes burned, and 700 at San Manuel, which lost two homes according to the tally.

Threatened by the fires were Mesa Grande, LaJolla (16 homes threatened), Sycuan, Jamul, and Pechanga, which donated 273 rooms at its resort for evacuated tribal members. Pala did the same, donating 150 rooms.

Also listed as threatened were Cucypipe and Santa Ysabel, both of which were evacuated last week.

Total acreage destroyed as of last Thursday was 29, 245, according to the tally.